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Colorado Nonprofit Week Award Descriptions

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2018 Early Nominations Are Open for Public Service Lifetime Achievement and Legislator of the Year Awards.

William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities 
Sponsored by  Boettcher Foundation

Award Description

The William Funk Award was established in 1991 to honor such leaders, beginning with William Funk himself. As Vice President of Public Affairs for United Banks, Bill Funk always made the nonprofit community and its supporters his highest priority. His vision of corporate giving in the context of building community changed charitable giving in Colorado, and his gifts of time and wise counsel strengthened many community-based nonprofits throughout the state.

The success of communities and nonprofits relies on leaders and volunteers who unify people and organizations around a cause. These exceptional leaders are capable of bringing together communities to define and solve problems. Such leaders listen carefully, are eager to do what is needed, and understand and respect the many diverse communities of Colorado.

Award Criteria

Your nomination letter should answer the following questions:

  1. What makes this individual an exceptional leader?

  2. How has he or she helped to build community?

  3. With which nonprofit(s) has this person been involved, and how has he or she strengthened them?
  4. How have Coloradans and nonprofits benefited, and how do they continue to benefit, from the nominee’s work?
  5. Has his or her service gone above and beyond job requirements?

Legislator of the Year Award

Award Description


The support of the legislative community is vital to the ability of nonprofits to carry out their missions. To underscore the importance of this support, the Legislator of the Year Award honors a member of the Colorado General Assembly who has demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to the goals and legislative priorities of Colorado nonprofits during the 2017 legislative session.

Award Criteria
Your nomination letter should answer the following questions:

  1. On what specific policies or legislation affecting the nonprofit sector was the nominee active during the last legislative session?
  2. How did the nominee support the position of a nonprofit organization or coalition on these policies or this legislation?
  3. How did the policies or legislation strengthen the ability of nonprofits to carry out their work?
  4. How has the nominee gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the position of a nonprofit organization or coalition?

 

Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award

Award Description

In every area of public life there are people whose life work leaves a lasting impact on the people and institutions they have touched. This award recognizes an individual whose career in public service, as a government official or employee, has exemplified a long-term commitment at the highest level to Colorado’s nonprofit sector. Most important, his or her work has strengthened nonprofits’ ability to build and sustain healthy communities in Colorado. To be considered for this award, nominees must have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and achievement.

Award Criteria

Your nomination letter should answer the following questions:

  1. As a government official or employee, how has the nominee gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen the nonprofit sector?

  2. In what ways has the nominee demonstrated leadership transcending a single issue, subsector or community?

  3. In what ways has the nominee demonstrated high ethical standards and promoted ethics and accountability in the nonprofit sector?
  4. In what ways has the nominee been actively engaged in the programs and operations of nonprofit organizations throughout his or her career?
  5. What is the nominee’s single greatest achievement for the benefit of the nonprofit sector?